francisco, wind directions, which shop burned, everything that went on, as alive as i possibly can. the way i got this idea, it was 1991 and i was reading, it may have been already -- a little tiny paragraphs about boy firefighters back in 1850-51-52 who ran with the fire engines. in those days, no street lights, lots of hills, they didn't grade anything. the water engine these men kerri were thousands of pounds, 40 to 60 or 80 men pulling this. they couldn't see where they were going? the streets like quicksand. i reproduce pictures of people singing. they had guys riding their wagons and horses and were sucked down and they found them in the spring. that is how bad it was. i thought to myself, they carried fire to the fire, running with their porches and i thought that is such a poetic occupation.